Three Old Palm residents and membersâLee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizenâwill be playing in this weekendâs U.S. Open. All of them have finished in the Top Ten in previous U.S. Opens, and Westwood has scored particularly well over the years with five Top Five finishes in the tournament. The 2015 U.S. Open will be played at Chambers Bay in Washington State, marking the first time in history that it will be held in the Pacific Northwest. With its massive, rolling fairways, towering dunes, undulating greens and unpredictable coastal winds, the traditional links-style course is expected to thoroughly test the golfersâ skills. Upon first seeing it, Oosthuizen posted a panoramic photo of the courseâs daunting high rough on Twitter and tweeted: âThis looks like a proper golf course.â Indeed.
In the three weeks since Old Palm resident and member Lee Westwood was selected to play for Team Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup, he has been preparing with a vengeance. Heâs been watching his diet, lost more than 20 pounds and been doing double gym sessionsâcardio in the morning and weights in the afternoon. To hone his game, Westwood has been playing the golf courses at Celtic Manor, a resort in Wales that has hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010. This yearâs Ryder Cup will be at the legendary Gleneagles in Scotland from September 23 through 28. Westwood will be making his ninth consecutive appearance in the biennial match against the United States.
Â Captain Paul McGinley selected Westwood as one of his wild-card picks in large part because he has played so well in this yearâs most prestigious tournamentsâthe Masters, Players Championship and PGA Championship âIâm obviously delighted,â said Westwood, after learning of his selection. âThe Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing for me and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. Iâm delighted and honored to be representing Europe again.â Westwood has an overall Ryder Cup record of 18 wins and 6 halves from his 37 matches spanning 17 years. This yearâs tournament, which will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland from September 26-28, will be Westwoodâs ninth consecutive appearance in the biennial match against the United States. Team Europe will face fierce competition from Team USA. The legendary Tom Watson is Captain, and as Assistant Captain he chose…
Old Palm resident and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel has been on a hot streak lately, finishing in the Top 10 in three of his last five golf tournaments. Schwartzel shot a blistering 64 in the final round of the recent WBC Bridgestone Championship, which vaulted him into a tie for fourth place. He posted several of the photo highlights on his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CharlSchwartzelOfficial Next, Schwartzel will play in the PGA Championship and hopefully his momentum will carry over into this the final major of the season. Several other Old Palm residents will join Schwartzel at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Kentuckyâ2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood, winner of 41 professional events worldwide.
Old Palm resident and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel finished the 2014 British Open tied for seventh place at 11 under par. His final round was an impressive 67, as he had five birdies and no bogeys on the demanding Royal Liverpool (or Hoylake as it is usually known), the second-oldest seaside links golf course in England. In fact, Schwartzel birdied three of the last four holes, giving him great momentum for his next tournament, the RBC Canadian Open, which starts July 24.